With so much food around me, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor believe in sar salamat toh pagdi pachas (loosely translated as health is maximum wealth) and consciously practice mindful eating. 59 year old chef Khana Khazana the show made him a household name long before the Brars, Khannas and the like, were acknowledged as a major foodie who affirmed conscious eating habits Following a balanced diet will make a difference.
A healthy person lifestyle Start with conscious eating habits and follow a balanced diet. We Indians need nothing further than the foods eaten since ancient times in our country for a complete poshan feast. So, although there is a lot surrounding food, ultimately it is how much, how and what I eat that determines its effect on my health. Apart from this, I also exercise and do Yoga, said Kapoor in an exclusive interaction with indiaexpress.com.
The chef started his career in 1984 in the hospitality industry after completing a diploma in hotel management from the Institute of Hotel Nutrition and Catering Management, Pusa, New Delhi. Over the years, he has had the opportunity to cook for many different people, including world leadersmovie stars, cricketers and even the Indian army.
Amid all this, a moment close to his heart was when he was honored with the prestigious Padma Shri award, India’s fourth highest civilian honor, in 2017. I still remember , when I received the call from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, I thought it was a joke. However, surprisingly that is not the case! I was on cloud nine and still got goosebumps while talking, Kapoor fondly recalls.
From his continued reinvention and the important role of his family, Chef Kapoor presents some of the human aspects of his brilliant career and his favorite work. Ghar ka Khaana (family food).
As a chef, how do you continue to innovate yourself and your recipes?
I have a healthy passion for novelty, which keeps me on my toes and allows me to explore avenues. I also believe that any recipe, whether it’s a recipe for a dish or a recipe for life, you can’t go wrong with adding innovation and dher saara pyaar (lots of love). So my mantra is for re-invent is to keep things simple but play around with ingredients, methods and presentation to ensure you’re doing something different than the last. To do that, however, you need to be able to analyze changing dynamics. As the younger generation thinks it’s relevant to trends, I do the same. I research and then tweak to ensure that every recipe has the necessary adjustments to fit current trends. To give you an example, I realize consumers are now more aware of their food choices, so as a chef, I work accordingly to create healthy recipes. strong and creative.
Who inspires you?
I believe my constant drive to explore inspires me to continue, but it wouldn’t be possible without the love and support of my family. My parents were, are and will always be my inspiration! They taught me and encouraged me to go further with patience, a solid foundation, and never stopping learning. Also, I think the audience inspired me to do more of what I do and all of that brought me here today!
Is there a typical day at home?
Just like everyone else, I also have a routine, eat breakfast, exercise, go to work, come home, enjoy time with family and call it a day. The only difference is that my routine is not monotonous, every day I do something different at work. Some days, I’m trying new things cooking recipe, brainstorming ideas and attending meetings, other days I am doing my social responsibility and being a philanthropist like I am, raising funds with Akshaya Patra, a non-profit organization. I thoroughly enjoy all of these things so I never feel bored or tired.
What is your go-to home dish or comfort meal?
Because I love food, instead of just one dish, I like to try many types of dishes every day. There’s always the world on a plate at our house! My favorite dish is dosa made by my wife Alyona. She makes the best masala dosas. Also, comfort food for me is maa ke haath ka khana!, especially kadhi chawal. To this day, I can never get enough of it!
Tell us about your association with ProV Foods
Understanding the needs of the times like busy lifestyles and the growing shift towards healthy snacking, healthy snack alternatives on the go are what I carry. ProV Foods aims to inspire healthier choices for nutritious living and sustainable health through nature’s most nutritious snacks and that makes them unique. It offers a wide range of high quality natural products including almonds, cashews, walnuts, raisins and pistachios, sourced from the finest orchards across India and abroad to ensure nutritional balance.
How do you relax?
I usually have a lot on my plate because I’m constantly trying new things. So, to relax and unwind, I turned on some music on the radio and chef. It’s a very meditative combination for me. Honestly, sometimes I just want to push my worries away. Furthermore, taking care of my loved ones, spending time with my family, chatting with friends, a good night’s sleep, and being optimistic are some other things that help me stay stress-free!
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Any words of encouragement for the new generation?
Our culinary world has reached new heights and I am happy to see it. Today’s youth and even future generations have great potential. One thing I recommend is to always smile and accept challenges and don’t be afraid to try new things. Hard work and patience are the keys to success.
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